This is a good time of the year to practice your winter tree ID, and just as the buds are starting to appear is a good time to find Wych Elm
these are the buds of Wych Elm
not too difficult to ID,at this time of the year the bark is easy to remove from the branch
it comes off as easily as willow bark but I find it more pliable and usable than willow
it can be retted like traditional barks or used as an immediate binding
It was handy for me as I was cutting a couple of walking sticks,one of which just happened to be wych elm.